Lewis Hamilton Mercedes feud ‘went too far’ admits Nico Rosberg – ‘We made it difficult’

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NICO ROSBERG left Mercedes in 2016 after an exciting battle with Lewis Hamilton.

Nico Rosberg tells of his willingness to befriend Lewis Hamilton

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Nico Rosberg has admitted his feud with Lewis Hamilton within the 2016 Components One season “went too far” because the pair battled for the Drivers’ Championship – with the German stating that the pair needed to signal authorized paperwork to settle their variations earlier than taking to the monitor.

Rosberg, now 36, fought tooth and nail with Hamilton for the title six years in the past, profitable the Drivers’ Championship by a slim five-point margin courtesy of a second-placed end within the remaining race in Abu Dhabi. Had he been two seconds slower, he would have missed out on a World Championship.

And the German has detailed the “struggle” he had with Hamilton all through the marketing campaign, with the Sky Sports activities F1 pundit believing the pair’s rivarly was “too excessive”. He mentioned to Sky F1:  “We made it extraordinarily troublesome.

“It went to the purpose that we had a code of conduct, a paper, what we had been allowed to do in a wheel-to-wheel battle, even penalties with loads of zeros on them connected to that as a result of there was no different method. It simply obtained too heated and too excessive.” The 2016 world champion retired simply 5 days after his championship win, citing the truth that he wished to spend extra time together with his younger household.

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes feud 'went too far' admits Nico Rosberg - 'We made it difficult'

Lewis Hamilton’s feud with Nico Rosberg culminated in 2016 (Picture: GETTY)

It left Valtteri Bottas as his substitute, though the Finn did not overly impress in his time at Mercedes, profitable simply 9 Grands Prix in 5 seasons. Nevertheless, with George Russell changing him this season, Rosberg believes there may be extra of a problem for Hamilton provided that Russell has time to develop.

“I believe Toto has realized a lot from the struggle Lewis and I had and managing us,” Rosberg continued. “That’s serving to him loads now in managing George [Russell} coming into the group as a result of it’s very troublesome.

“You don’t need to reduce his wings utterly however you need to inform him ‘don’t crash into Lewis’, so it’s a really positive line. However I believe Toto is getting that proper brilliantly in the intervening time.”

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes feud 'went too far' admits Nico Rosberg - 'We made it difficult'

Rosberg and Hamilton had a fractious relationship whereas team-mates (Picture: GETTY)

Hamilton at the moment sits seventh within the Drivers’ Championship standings, having picked up a measly 28 factors all season. He’s 58 factors behind chief and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.

His poor begin to the season culminated in him ending simply thirteenth within the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola final week.

And with Mercedes failing to impress in any respect this season by already being 47 factors behind within the Constructors’ Championship, doubts are being raised as as to if Hamilton will win one other race.


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